Abstract: This study intends to assess the role of Big Data in the public administration. Big Data is the new subject which is gaining popularity rapidly due to its expected utility. An attempt has been made to assess the potential and challenges in using Big data in various government departments/ ministries. For this purpose, various initiatives of the Indian Government in various departments has been the focal point of this study. It is being noticed that Indian Government is making extensive use of big data in its policy making and decision taking. Also, government still needs a lot of improvement in preparing itself to face the challenges posed by the big data.
Keywords: Big Data, Public administration, Policy making, e-Governance